Organisers: Association for Independent and Eurecat (developed organisation).

Collaborating organisations: Ramon Molinas Foundation and Catalunya Alzheimer Foundation.

Dates of implementation: 01/01/2017 – 31/12/2017.

 

An innovative and non-intrusive home teleassistance platform

The Ramon Molinas Foundation is sponsoring a research programme launched by the Association for Independent Living and Eurecat (Catalonia Technology Centre) with the collaboration from the Catalonia Alzheimer Foundation. The aim of the project is to develop and consolidate eKauri, an innovative home teleassistance platform that non-intrusively monitors the wellbeing of people living alone.

eKauri is a home teleassistance solution for the elderly that aims to improve the safety and autonomy of older people, people with disabilities or any other type of dependence. In this way, eKauri helps people to live in their own home safely, extending their independence without having to live with a carer 24 hours/day, or move into a nursing home.

The research programme sponsored by the Ramon Molinas Foundation is centered around the complete implementation of eKauri in the Direct Care Service (SAD) of the Catalonia Alzheimer Foundation. The objective of the project is to evaluate and increase the efficiency of the system with the aim to replicate it, offering a completely innovative, high-technology home teleassistance solution.

 

eKauri, Big Data applied to home teleassistance

eKauri is Big Data applied to home teleassistance. The system is made up of a set of presence, lighting and temperature sensors that monitor the activity, behaviour and habits of users to identify and prevent unusual behavioural patterns passively, automatically and in real time. The data registered is stored in the cloud, where it can be accessed, processed and analysed. The study of the routine and habits of users makes it possible for the system to process their current situation and anticipate future situations.

Carers can stay updated by activating notifications that can be configured using the eKauri platform. Therapists and family members can receive alerts, summaries and statistics on the monitored user’s behaviour through a web application. With a user account and password, the system guarantees information and data security. eKauri will display a complete summary of the behaviour of the person monitored, showing the rooms they spend time in, when they leave the house, and sleep tracking, among many other features.

 

In Spain, 25.2% of homes are occupied by just one person

The number of people that live alone in Spain has increased in the last year, reaching around 4.6 million. Compared to the year before, the figure has risen to 54,100 people. This suggests that 25.2% of homes in the country are occupied by just one person, according to the Continuous Survey of Homes conducted by the National Statistics Institute (INE). The data found that 1,933,000 people – 41.7% – that live alone are 65 years old or older, a figure that represents the increase in 4% from the year before. On the other hand, there are 3.8 million people in Spain with a disability, 8.5% of the total population.

This segment of the population, and people with disabilities, can be affected by a worsening of their quality of life as a result of a decrease in their ability to perform day-to-day tasks.

 

The Association for Independent Living, an organisation created in 2007 with the aim of promoting the use of support products and technology

The Association for Independent Living (AVI) is a non-profit association formed in 2007 by Mutual Médica and Mutuam to promote the use of support technology and products with the aim of improving quality of life and autonomy for older people, people with disabilities or people with any other type of dependence.

The organisation opened the Centre of Independent Living (CVI) in 2008 committed to fulfilling its mission of becoming a focal point for the promotion of personal autonomy in Catalonia. The team, based in Barcelona, has three areas. The Housing Area creates a trustworthy, homely environment to advise and offer support technology and products within the framework of accessible, digital housing. The Personalised Care Area provides care focused on the needs of each of the organisation’s users. Lastly, the CVI counts on the Area of Research and Services to develop research programmes on care and the support of vulnerable people.

 

Links of interest:

Association for Independent Living (Associació per la Vida Independent) website.

Eurecat website.

Catalonia Alzheimer Foundation website.